Let the Truth Be Told (Laura Izibor album)

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Let the Truth Be Told
Laura Izibor - Let the Truth Be Told.jpg
Studio album by Laura Izibor
Released 8 May 2009 (2009-05-08)
(see release history)
Recorded 2005–2009
Dublin, Ireland
New York City
Atlanta, Georgia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre R&B, soul
Length 37:51
Label Atlantic
Producer Laura Izibor (exec.), Steve Lunt (exec.), Scott Jacoby, Craig Kallman, Chris "Tricky" Stewart
Singles from Let the Truth Be Told
  1. ""From My Heart to Yours""
    Released: November 3, 2008
  2. ""Shine""
    Released: March 16, 2009
  3. ""Don't Stay""
    Released: May 11, 2009
  4. ""If Tonight Is My Last""
    Released: TBA
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
The Belfast Telegraph 4/5 stars[3]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[4]
GQ (favorable)[5]
The Observer (mixed)[6]
Paste (74/100)[7]
Sunday Mercury (favorable)[8]

Let the Truth Be Told is the debut album by Irish recording artist Laura Izibor. It was released on 8 May 2009, under Atlantic Records.

Background[edit]

At the age of 15, Izibor was signed to Jive Records.[9] She dropped out of school to record the album. From ages 17 to 18, Izibor recorded over half of the album.[10][11] After a dispute with the Jive, she signed with Atlantic Records and subsequently moved to New York City after her mentor, Steve Lunt, was offered a job at the label.[9][10]

Recording[edit]

Let the Truth Be Told was recorded from 2005 to 2009; recording sessions took place in her hometown of Dublin, Ireland, to New York City, Atlanta and Philadelphia.[12] Upon the album's UK release, noted R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning 'Blues & Soul' stated "Anchored firmly in classic R&B, it effectively combines a reverence for the tradition of vintage, warm piano-driven soul with a fresh twist of modern sensibility. As can be heard on tracks ranging from the funky, uplifting 'From My Heart to Yours' and intense, groove-driven 'Don't Stay'; to the sincere, aching love lament 'If Tonight Is My Last'."[13] The song "Shine" was originally written for The Nanny Diaries, but was added to the album after being pushed back several times.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Laura Izibor.

# Title Length
1 Shine 3:35
2 Don't Stay 3:59
3 If Tonight Is My Last 3:35
4 What Would You Do 4:34
5 From My Heart to Yours 3:47
6 Perfect World 4:36
7 The Worst Is Over 3:14
8 Yes (I'll Be Your Baby) 3:41
9 I Don't Want You Back 3:19
10 Mmm... 3:25
Deluxe edition bonus tracks[15]
# Title Length
11 It Ain't Over ('Cos I Need You) (EP Version) 3:23
12 From My Heart to Yours (DJ Premier Remix Version) 3:43
13 Mmm... (Live From Crawdaddy, Dublin) 4:01

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
French SNEP Albums Chart[16] 60
Irish Albums Chart[16] 2
Japan (Oricon)[17] 100
Dutch Albums Chart[18] 64
UK Album Chart 100
U.S. Billboard 200[19] 27
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[19] 6

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Ireland[20] 8 May 2009
Brazil[21] 20 May 2009
United States[22] 16 June 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carson, Timothy Michael. "Laura Izibor - 'Let the Truth Be Told'". About.com. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  2. ^ Donnelly, Dave. "Let the Truth Be Told - Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ Meagher, John (2009-05-22). "Laura Izibor - Let The Truth Be Told (Atlantic)". The Belfast Telegraph. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  4. ^ Capobianco, Ken (2009-06-15). "Laura Izibor, 'Let the Truth Be Told'". The Boston Globe. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  5. ^ Mee, Nick. "Album review: Laura Izibor". GQ. Condé Nast Publications. Retrieved 2009-07-13. [dead link]
  6. ^ Montgomery, Hugh (2009-05-17). "Pop review: Laura Izibo: Let the Truth Be Told". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  7. ^ Freeland, Henry (2009-06-16). "Laura Izibor: Let the Truth Be Told". Paste. Paste Media Group. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  8. ^ Smith, Daniel (2009-05-10). "Laura Izibor: Let the Truth be Told". Sunday Mercury. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  9. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Laura Izibor - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  10. ^ a b Haider, Arwa (2009-05-11). "Laura Izibor is blessed to be young". Metro. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  11. ^ Frehsée, Nicole. "Artists to Watch". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  12. ^ Lester, Paul (2008-10-17). "No 412: Laura Izibor". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  13. ^ Lewis, Pete (2009-03-02). "Born To Shine - Pete Lewis Interviews Laura Izibor". Blues & Soul. Blues & Soul. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  14. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony (2009-05-01). "The truth is out there, finally". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  15. ^ "Let The Truth Be Told [Deluxe]: MP3 Downloads: Laura Izibor". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  16. ^ a b "Laura Izibor - Let The Truth Be Told - Music Charts". αCharts. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  17. ^ "ローラ・イジボアのCD・DVDリリース情報、ローラ・イジボアのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Laura Izibor - 'Let the Truth Be Told' (album)". Ultratop. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  19. ^ a b "Let the Truth Be Told - Laura Izibor". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  20. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony (2009-05-01). "The truth is out there, finally". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  21. ^ "Let the Truth Be Told - Laura Izibor (Brazilian release date)". cdpoint.com.br. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  22. ^ "Let the Truth Be Told: Laura Izibor: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31.